I have been a fan of the Surface line of products since the first Surface RT tablet was released in 2012. Microsoft predicated the Surface line on being versatile, and combining the usability of a tablet with the functionality of a laptop. Microsoft followed up the Surface form factor with the Surface Book, which took the 2-in-1 approach from the opposite direction – notebook first, then optional tablet. The third form factor in the Surface family was the Surface Studio. Microsoft didn’t make nearly as many waves with this product, because it was a niche product – very few individuals were asking for an all-in-one that could fold down nearly flat onto their desktop for a drawing easel.
Most recently, Microsoft has extended the Surface family to the Surface Laptop – the first true clamshell laptop that Microsoft has ever produced.
The Surface Laptop stands in a confusing place. It is both one of the best laptops ever made, and one of the worst Surfaces ever made.
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When the original Pixel was announced last year, I was not impressed. Google had been selling phones for years under the Nexus program, even though technically the phones were manufactured by other companies. Nexuses were always praised for having strong software, but not always applauded for their hardware. Last year, Google’s Pixels were phones they designed from the ground up, and the first phones to be “Made by Google.” There were still similarities to the earlier Nexuses: the Pixel had great software, but did not have the most modern design.
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After purchasing the Surface RT in October 2012, I was all in on what Windows was calling its Metro UI. The great color scheme, the intuitive touch gestures, and being designed for the Surface were all fantastic indications that Microsoft revolutionized the 2-in-1 market with. Not everyone agreed with me, but the Surface RT was exactly what a college kid needed – lightweight and versatile. A month after my purchase of the Surface RT, I traded in my iPhone 4 for a Nokia Lumia 822, a mid-range Verizon Windows Phone running Windows Phone 8. From then on, I was a total Microsoft fanboy, singing the praises of the Windows 8 ecosystem.
Ah, to be young and naïve…
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When I was in middle school, my older brother got his first MacBook. My mom spent a fortune on it, but my brother insisted that his college required Macs because Windows computers got viruses and were therefore security risks. Turns out he was lying, go figure. At the time, I happened to be buying my first laptop, a Dell Inspiron 15 that ended up falling apart at the hinges.
For years to follow, I encountered friends, family, and peers that insisted that MacBooks were the only computers that they would ever consider, and that I was somehow ignorant to think otherwise. I stayed away from Macs until this year, and now that I have finally used a MacBook as my daily laptop,
I Get It…
Continue reading “MacBook Pro 2017 Review: I Get It. Kinda.”
When Apple announced the iPhone X, I was probably more excited than most Android users. As a tech fan, I like innovation. And whether or not you believe the iPhone X is an innovator for all smartphones, I think most people can agree it is an innovator of iPhones. After 4 straight generations of the same old boring design, Apple took a big step into the next generation of phones. Unfortunately, they are treading on the toes of a lot of their former fans with some controversial choices.
I was hoping that this would be the iPhone to get me to switch to Android. I really was. Unfortunately, while iPhones have caught up to their Android counterparts in design, the iPhone X is still far behind in many aspects. Continue reading “iPhone X Review: So Close”
HP has been stepping it up the last couple years in terms of laptop quality. If you compare their top end models, or even their mid range Envy line, to the top end models from a couple years ago, you will see how much better they are at building laptops. The Spectre, HP’s high end consumer line, checks off many of the boxes that a demanding consumer is looking for: great specifications, small form factor, metal housing, extensive IO, and Windows Hello compatibility. Unfortunately, the above doesn’t tell the whole story.
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I am a big fan of thin and light laptops that are also capable. The thin and light category has been competitive the last few years, with several manufacturers proving they can do more with less space. Apple shocked the public a couple years ago with their new MacBook 12 inch line, which caused people to revise their expectations of thinness. If you haven’t picked up a MacBook 12″ before, you should go to an Apple store and do so. Even as a Windows fan, I can readily admit that the device is amazing.
If I were to guess, I would say that the development of the MacBook 12″ wasn’t a coincidence. Apple’s ability to make thin devices has been shown over the past few years with their iPhone and iPad. It was only a matter of time before they brought that knowledge over to their laptop line.
With that concept in mind, what if another premium phone maker started making laptops? Well, one did, and it’s quite an amazing device. This is the Huawei MateBook X.
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